No one cares who is Lt. Governor of Ohio. Sharen Neuhardt goes for her third strike.

While political pundits are all in a tizzy right now about Ed Fitzgerald naming Dayton lawyer Sharen Neuhardt as his running mate, let’s be honest, no one in Ohio cares who the lieutenant governor is, nor do they even know who it is right now. Try asking your friends. In fact, I’d be impressed if they could name more than two lieutenant governors. (the answer is Mary Taylor).

If the election were three years ago, after Kasich got his rear-end kicked on Senate Bill 5 (the anti-union/collective bargaining bill), Howdy Doody could have run against Kasich and won. Three years later, unfortunately, that’s not the case.  Kasich has managed to piss off both parties- which actually is a good thing for his reelection chances. The reality of course is that as long as Ohio remains gerrymandered, the likelihood of a Dem governor actually doing anything with a Republican-dominated legislature is slim and none.

While Neuhardt may be able to raise some money for Fitzgerald, her value on the campaign trail is nil. She may give the worst candidate stump speech I’ve ever heard (and after running in elections for 20 years- I’ve heard some really bad ones). Don’t expect Fitzgerald to get a bump at the polls for adding her to his ticket- nor, expect her to do anything if she has to debate Mary Taylor.

The visits to Esrati.com jumped yesterday and today- since there is more online about Sharen Neuhardt here than anywhere else on the web. Unfortunately, not much is positive. Her own site was taken down recently- as noted by the Plain Dealer political reporter. I’m not sure she’s that much better a choice than Eric Kearny, looking at the FEC site- she still has $106,734.92 in campaign debt from her 2012 run. The videos I made of Sharen on the campaign trail are still on YouTube- and you can see how ineffective she is on the stump.

This is about how much she was in the hole from her 2008 race against Steve Austria that she also lost big.

Although he’s not thrown his hat in the ring, Dennis Kucinich would be better suited to run against Kasich.

My prediction for this team vs. Kasich- lose by 20. 10 if they are lucky.

 

 

Thank you for your support

For those of you who believed, thank you.

For those of you who encountered me with an open mind for the first time, thank you.

For those who visited this site to learn about the candidates- you’re welcome.

To the Montgomery County Democratic Party, the State Democratic Party, the AFL-CIO and to Sherrod Brown- stay out of primaries, let the people decide. Maybe if you worked harder at building up your party, and holding fair and honest primaries, you’d have more people running. Every unopposed candidate is a FAIL- and I saw way too many of those today.

To the Fayette County Dems and the Greene County Dems- thank you for your open arms and minds. If I were you, I’d be seceding from OH-10 and the Montgomery Dems as fast as possible. For as long as this district puts you in holy matrimony, your voices will mean little.

  • To Sharen Neuhardt, you better do better than any of the last 5 softies the party has sent to battle with Turner. You didn’t impress me one iota with your life story.
  • To Olivia, I want to know your secrets.
  • To Tom McMasters, please go back to being a Republican, you didn’t fool anyone.
  • To Ryan Steele- congrats on coming in 2nd in Fayette County, and keep your chin up.
  • To Mack Van Allen, it’s been a pleasure meeting you, I look forward to working together to change things for the better.

To my readers- I need to take a break for a bit. Let me know if I missed a sign somewhere- or grab it and bring it to the office if you can. I’ll have some commemorative ringer t-shirts for sale soon.

What’s next? I hope to find a race or two in town where I can get all the candidates to work together to hold a well programed, fair and clean election, to prove it can be done. See my post about “The Dayton Process”

Unofficial final – Montgomery County:

Total Votes 15,419
David Esrati 2,296 14.89%
Olivia Freeman 4,102 26.60%
Tom McMasters 1,571 10.19%
Sharen S. Neuhardt 5,338 34.62%
Ryan Steele 1,009 6.54%
Mack Van Allen 1,103 7.15%

Note, read the Republican numbers:

Total Votes 52,584
John D. Anderson 7,800 14.83%
Edward Focke Breen 1,193 2.27%
Mike Turner 43,591 82.90%

Turner got almost 3x the votes in the primary than all Dems together. The Montgomery County Democratic Party “Leadership” should be recalled.

Official final – OH-10

Total Votes 21,035
Sharen S. Neuhardt 7,530
Olivia Freeman 5,380
David Esrati 2,884
Tom McMasters 2,159
Ryan Steele 1,586
Mack Van Allen 1,496

Again- Turner alone has 4x the total votes of all Dems, and the second place finisher has 2x what Sharen received.

Total Votes 79,548
Mike Turner 63,704
John D. Anderson 14,048
Edward Focke Breen 1,796

 

David Esrati for Congress 2012 – OH-10

This is my site. If you want to learn everything about me, my positions, see my videos, you are going to need to look at more than just this post. I’ve been posting almost daily since 2005. There are over 1,900 posts and over 18,000 comments.

For this election, I’ve done my best to keep the voters informed of every candidates’ night, every piece of literature, every news article.

I’ve created over 60 videos and posted them on a YouTube channel: electesrati

When I first started this campaign I wrote a post: Why Should You Vote For David Esrati for Congress in OH-10

You can find the full Dayton Daily News article and the voters’ guides on my site.

No other candidate has as much information or has shown the commitment to keeping you informed as I have.

I hope you look at the other 5 candidates, and then ask yourself, who is more likely to represent me in Congress? Who will do the best job telling me what’s going on in Congress once he’s there? And who won’t take money from PACs, Special Interest Groups or lobbyists. I’m planning on running a true grassroots campaign against Mike Turner, not spending more than $100,000 to wage the ultimate political guerrilla campaign. I will work extremely hard and smart in the next six-months to remind people what a “representative” does. We’ve not seen either Edward Breen or Mike Turner at a single candidate night so far. That should tell you something.

Thank you for coming to my site. No matter what happens on Tuesday, March 6, in the primary, I’ll still be publishing and updating this site, because I’m committed to improving Dayton and our region.

Thank you.

I’m in a 6 way primary with Olivia Freeman, Ryan Steele, Tom McMasters, Sharen Neuhardt and Mack Van Allen.

If you like what you see on this site- please consider making a donation. Thank you.

Sharen Neuhardt for Congress 2012 – OH-10

From the Dayton Daily News voters guide
All candidates were asked to answer these same 2 questions:

Sharen Swartz Neuhardt

Website: www.neuhardtforcongress.com

Bio: Life-long Ohioan, daughter of a Dayton policeman, granddaughter of a city firefighter. Grew up in Northwest Dayton, attended Dayton public schools, graduated from Northwestern University and Georgetown law school, and returned to Dayton to practice business law at Thompson Hine LLP.

Question 1: How will you deal with the continuing costs of military actions and the costs of domestic needs?

Answer 1: The federal government needs to get its house in order. We need to raise revenues by growing our economy and by reforming our income tax system. We need to cut our national debt. If we spend everyone’s tax dollars more wisely and efficiently, there is no reason why we can’t have a strong defense and attend to our domestic needs as well. Our troops and tax dollars should be committed to military actions only as a last resort and only when the objectives are well-defined.

Question 2: What are the most important issues in this race?

Answer 2: This race will be about jobs, restoring our economic security, and protecting and strengthening Miami Valley workers and families. We also need new voices to break the stalemate in Washington, and this election gives voters the opportunity to replace their current representatives who have been putting politics ahead of country. We deserve much more from our representatives in Congress than what we’ve been getting.

The OH-10 district covers Montgomery and Greene counties and part of Fayette County. It is the district that has defaulted to Mike Turner, since Steve Austria who shared part of this district dropped out on the second filing deadline. This brought the entry of his first opposition in 2008, Sharen Neuhardt who didn’t file on the first deadline.

Ms. Neuhardt raises a lot of money from anyone and anywhere. She hires professional fundraisers out of DC- also known as bundlers. Her first action on the campaign trail wasn’t to print literature or put up a real website- but to hire a campaign manager.

When asked about where the money came from, early in the campaign, she shifted the conversation to her integrity instead of answering the question. I wrote about it in “Sharen Neuhardt has friends in Strange Places” Here is the video:

Click to download PDF of Sharen Neuhardt Campaign literature

Click to download PDF of Sharen Neuhardt Campaign literature

Her first piece of printed campaign literature showed up at the League of Women Voters candidates night on March 1sthttp://esrati.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=8290&action=edit, even though she didn’t attend. About 70% of it is about her. 10% is about “the issues.” I have the pdf posted at right.

While the Democratic parties in Greene and Fayette county try to run fair and honest primaries to let the voters decide who to endorse, the Montgomery County Democratic Party has a select screening committee that meets behind closed doors- and chose to endorse Ms. Neuhardt based on her “proven ability to raise money” and that they “Believe she can beat Mike Turner.”

This is despite the fact that she got trounced by Steve Austria, getting only 3% more of the vote than Bill Connor who ran in 2006, spending 48x less money running against the mighty incumbent Dave Hobson who spent twice what Austria did. We put together a video of Ms. Neuhardt complaining about gerrymandering and then showed the facts in this post: It wasn’t gerrymandering that sank Sharen Neuhardt

Candidate Ryan Steele pushed the question of why she didn’t file the first time, and why she blames gerrymandering and does she want to be a congressman and represent him- or is she just in it to win at the Fayette County Democratic Party Dinner. She declined to respond. Here is the video:

So far the Montgomery Democratic Party has batted 0-5 against Mike Turner, sending a series of boring candidates to run against him. Sharen Neuhardt fits that description to a T.

Here is a compiled video of her campaign speeches:

Her entire speech is:

  • I was born in Dayton
  • My father was a Dayton Policeman
  • I went to Fairview high school
  • I went to Northwestern
  • I went to Georgetown law
  • I’m a business attorney
  • My husband and I bought a farm in Greene County
  • I learned from my 2008 campaign that a Democrat shouldn’t run in a gerrymandered district.

You can watch the speeches one after another here.

In her Dayton Daily News interview, she was given a chance to expand her vocabulary and go in depth, instead of initiatives and concrete solutions, it’s generic politi-speak:

Sharen Neuhardt

Neuhardt, 60, lives on a farm near Yellow Springs and practices business law for the firm Thompson Hine. She won the 2008 Democratic primary for the 7th U.S. House District, but lost the general election race to Steve Austria. She has been endorsed this year by the Montgomery County Democratic Party.

Neuhardt said one way the government can help the economy is by avoiding the near-shutdowns of the past two years over the debt ceiling and tax decisions. She said government contractors have had to start and stop work because of political gamesmanship, and all businesses struggle to prepare for last-minute changes in tax withholding rates because of temporary fixes rather than long-term solutions.

She said her career as a business lawyer would help her create compromise in Washington, as she has brokered deals between companies where “neither side gets 100 percent of what they want.”

Neuhardt said America needs more tax revenue, and it needs to come from the wealthy. She would support an increased rate on the top tax bracket, saying most in that bracket don’t object to paying more, but object to “the government wasting their money.” She said America’s tax code needs to be simplified.

Neuhardt said giving the president a line-item veto on budget items would be a good way to reduce our debt, because giant spending bills come before Congress, containing a multitude of provisions that wouldn’t pass if considered on their own. She said efforts to improve the local economy need to be broad based.

“We have to …make sure the Air Force base is strong and flourishing,” Neuhardt said. “But not everybody can work at the base. We have to do a good job of reaching out to businesses that are already located in the Miami Valley and asking them to invest more here. What will it take for you to put that next factory here instead of Indiana?”

She begins her campaign with a $92,000+ debt from her last run. Her largest contributor were the other lawyers in her firm.

Neuhardt is facing 5 other Democrats in the 2012 Primary, David Esrati, Olivia Freemen, Tom McMasters, Ryan Steeele and Mack Van Allen.

Typically, I try to be unbiased in my reporting on my opposition, however, of all the candidates I’ve ever run against she seems the most disconnected from the general public, the most arrogant and the least prepared of any candidate I’ve seen that’s been taken seriously. She has also been endorsed by the Ohio AFL-CIO who didn’t bother to contact me. She recently sent a mailer to some households with a photo of Sherrod Brown and quote that may have come from her 2008 run. It was paid for and mailed by the Ohio Democratic Party- a group of which, despite being a precinct captain, I’ve never had a call from.

In my opinion a vote for Neuhardt is a vote for Mike Turner, because she has demonstrated zero  ability on the campaign trail to challenge or respond to any other candidates. As a person, she’s absolutely charming and nice. I’m sure she’s a competent business attorney.

If you don’t want her to win, please consider a donation to my campaign, or that of any of the others in the field. It’s also not too late to make calls for my campaign: www.5ivepoints.com/electesrati all you need is a phone and a computer.

Olivia Freeman for Congress 2012 – OH-10

This bio comes from the DDN voters guide- which I reposted here http://esrati.com/?p=8281

Olivia Freeman

Website: www.liv2012.com

Bio: Born to a military family, I served stateside during Vietnam.  A Wright State Alum,  I’ve traveled to Eastern Europe and Africa to promote education.  Using my marketing and workforce development skills, I help small businesses grow.

Question 1: How will you deal with the continuing costs of military actions and the costs of domestic needs?

Answer 1: The people must be better informed in world affairs before voting on involvement and without giving our hand away, be kept in the loop. Cut the military to a “surgical staff” which is supported by civilian contractors will increase competitiveness and transparency. Demographic analysis indicates we have enough money to pay for SS and Medicare, et al. The “fire sale” of 2008 was a money laundering scheme transferring ownership and profits to foreign corporations. We must close that gate, then increase global market penetration. Let’s bring manufacturing into the 21st century and provide everything, everywhere and bring “our” money home.

Question 2: What are the most important issues in this race?

Answer 2: People need a  “workhorse” not a show horse.  I encourage rural and urban intra-district monetary circulation. I created:  9 Square which funds community programming by granstmanship training  to   2-3 people from every organization to fulfill their missions. The new Ohio Science Alliance will  prepare folks for 21st Century preeminence so everyone gets workforce training, utilizing our science centers and simulation technologies. Weekend Business Bootcamps will start hundreds of new businesses and put thousands of people to work in these vacant buildings across the district and hopefully spawn new industries as well.

And I have the experience to make it happen.

From the DDN interviews on Feb 26 2012

Olivia Freeman

Freeman, 56, lives in Fairborn and works as a consultant to small business. She said she has worked in software sales, as a corporate recruiter and as a substitute teacher. She ran unsuccessfully in the 2010 Congressional primary for the 7th district.

Freeman spoke repeatedly about the need to revitalize American manufacturing, describing it as an answer to job woes as well as deficit problems, and saying “anyone who can start a manufacturing business needs to start it today.”

She said the lack of credit available to small businesses is a hurdle to accomplishing this goal and called on credit unions and the U.S. Commerce Department to make more loans available. She said if the government can find money for corporate bailouts, it “bloody well better find money for this.”

Freeman also called for the use of “simulation technology” in education to better prepare students in science curriculums. She is in favor of getting American troops out of Afghanistan, and said she does not believe in cutting entitlement programs, saying once the Baby Boomer wave is past, the programs will be sound again. She said her business experience has prepared her for a bipartisan approach.

“When I am working with companies, I’ve got to work on both sides of the fence, making sure both the city and the contractor are getting their needs met,” Freeman said. “And I am a tough negotiator.”

Click on image to download pdf of Olivia Freeman campaign piece

Click on image to download PDF of Freeman for Congress piece

Olivia ran in 2010 in the OH-7th and had a leftover site that’s a bit odd- which she’s updated, and may be using signs from that run. Her tagline is a bit odd from an ad standpoint- “A workhorse, not a showhorse” as if this is a horse race instead of an election. She’s missed a few candidates nights and has some literature that showed up about the same time McMasters lit showed up (both a few weeks after mine was already out).

Olivia Freeman congress OH-10 car flyer

Olivia gives you a ticket

Today, while I was distributing literature at churches I hit one church right after Olivia had- I took a picture of her lit under a winsdhield- my mother thought it looked like a parking ticket.

When you watch the videos of Olivia speaking you’ll hear the same thing for the most part- about her age and military experience- she went into the Army in 1973 making her a Vietnam era vet, however she didn’t serve there. You’ll hear she went to Wright State as did her daughter- who she’s quite proud of, who wasn’t supposed to do drugs or have babies  (so far so good) and then she’s off on her idea of solving problems by begging corporate America’s foundations out of charitable cash to solve the problems in our community.

Looking at her LinkedIn profile she only has 17 connections and the link to her company website: www.go-solas.com is a dead link. Her work history is also a bit odd:

CEO Next Generation Technologies, Inc October 2007Present (4 years 5 months)

Next Gen is broken into four business units: Solas Construction helps people get training and experience in the construction industry. We manufacture our own solar power generator providing training and job experience to market disadvantaged and the underemployed. Freeman Educational Engineering, uses simulation technologies and engineering principles to enhance outcomes. Next Gen Communications: still produces software and added products for disaster preparedness. Next Gen Pharmacom: provides jobs in the pharmaceutical and aquaculture industries.

Human Resources Generalist Drake Center Nonprofit; 1001-5000 employees; Hospital & Health Care industry May 2005October 2007 (2 years 6 months)

Brought professional recruiting practices to hospital. Sourced candidates, wrote protocol for recruitment standards, methods and metrics. Created and presented career development courses to ensure captive audience of candidates. Designed employer branding, arranged logistics beyond job fairs. Streamlined application and interview process. Created first HRIS system for hospital. Rated “Excellent” in customer relations and employee advocacy.

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Computer Software industry 19972003 (6 years)

Sold over one million dollars in mainframe data encryption software. Developed strategic plan to increase market penetration. Trained sales staff. Taught world-class relationship building. Trade Show Diva. Always came back with great leads. Still hold record for largest single sale.

I’ve heard her speak enough times that I should know what her plans are for Congress- but, I’m still feeling like I’ve not heard anything substantive.

Freeman is one of 6 choices in the Democratic Primary for OH-10, currently held by Mike Turner. The other candidates are Tom McMasters, Ryan Steele, Sharen Neuhardt, Mack Van Allen and me, David Esrati. The primary is March 6, 2012

Mack Van Allen for Congress 2012 – OH-10

Mack Van Allen campaign piece- click to download 2 page PDF

Click image to download 2 page PDF for Mack Van Allen

Website: www.vanallenforcongress.com

This bio comes from the DDN voters guide- which I reposted here http://esrati.com/?p=8281

Bio: I am married with children and have lived in the Miami Valley for my adult life. A retired high school government teacher, I hold two degrees from Miami University and a MS in Economics from the University of Missouri.

Question 1: How will you deal with the continuing costs of military actions and the costs of domestic needs?

Answer 1: As for the military, I will strongly advocate for programs currently housed at Wright-Patterson AFB. These programs are essential for our 21st Century military obligations and are indispensable to the economic vitality of the Miami Valley. Domestically, I support social programs that expand opportunity. I also believe a society is judged by how it cares for those least capable. With funding tight, these are two areas that should be prioritized. Future funding considerations must occur within the context of their overall fiscal impact. To impose discipline on the appropriations process, I would support a pay as you go approach.

Question 2: What are the most important issues in this race?

Answer 2: The most important issue is the debt we have amassed and the promises we have made. Negotiations must commence immediately. All stakeholders must have a place at the table in these negotiations and be willing to compromise. All possible approaches must be considered, including program adjustments and elimination, as well as revenue enhancements. And above all, the strident, self-serving tone that has possessed Congress over the past year needs to cease when doing the people’s business. Resolving this fiscal issue will create an atmosphere of certainty, and spark the resurgence of vigorous economic growth and dynamic job creation.

From the video, you’ll find a retired Centerville school teacher, who presents himself well. He’s the guy who taught you a lot in your high school government class. He believes that by being a moderate he can somehow serve as a trusted mediator in congress and solve our problems. He thinks compromise is possible in the current congress and that we can see them look like adults (although they haven’t been able to do that for years). He obviously is well versed in legislation that has passed and who voted on what. A political junkie/policy wonk if you will.

He has some yard signs (which I neglected to take a picture of at the Fayette County Dems dinner) and a small handout available above right.

Mack is from Cleveland, like me, only he grew up on the West side and worked in the steel mills summers of his last two years of college.

Mack Van Allen DCP adClick image to download PDF for Mack Van Allen

Mack Van Allen
Democrat for U.S. Congress

IT’S TIME

To pursue policies that provide jobs for the working and middle classes

To bring back fairness and equity to the people

To achieve fiscal responsibility

VOTE
Mack Van Allen March 6th

HYPERLINK “http://www.vanallenforcongress.com”
Paid by The Commtttee to Elect Mack V11n Allen to Congress Treasurer, Patricia Drake

He’s missed a few candidates nights, so I have fewer videos of him than most.

Mack is in a 6 way race to run against Congressman Mike Turner in the newly redrawn OH-10 district that includes all of Montgomery and Greene Counties and the northern part of Fayette County.

His opponents are David Esrati (author of this site and producer of all the videos), Olivia Freeman, Tom McMasters, Sharen Neuhardt and Ryan Steele.

Tom McMasters for Congress 2012 – OH-10

Image of McMasters lit- click for PDF

McMasters Literature- click to download a PDF

Website: http://McMasters4congress.com

This bio comes from the DDN voters guide- which I reposted here http://esrati.com/?p=8281

Bio: Husband and proud father of five. Retired AF officer, C-141 navigator, AF Academy Prep School Instructor, X-45 Pilot, Research Scientist, and Test and Evaluation manager. Masters of Arts in Teaching (mathematics) and BS in Physics. Adjunct Faculty member Sinclair Community College.

Question 1: How will you deal with the continuing costs of military actions and the costs of domestic needs?

Answer 1: The preferred method of reducing the costs of military action is to not engage in one unnecessarily. You can tell from my summer of 2003 web post “Thank God for Senator Robert Byrd” I knew even then the invasion of Iraq was a bad decision. I’ll take that same superior judgment to Congress.

One of the many avenues for reducing the cost of government is to change the mindset of commanders and department heads that lead them to spend to budget. Budgets must take inflation into account. Expenditures should reflect value. Change the mindset and save 10% this year.

Question 2: What are the most important issues in this race?

Answer 2: The single most important issue in this race is to maximize the number of informed voters. To regain our stride toward national prosperity we must put our financial house in order. This is a complicated equation of the right taxes, smart regulations and a national commitment that demands we invest brain power to implement the best solution. Four months before Petraeus became commander in Iraq, I outlined the premise of our involvement with the “Iraqi Awakening”. In 2009 I proposed the President’s latest housing solution. To ensure our highest standard of living, voters should be knowledgeable when choosing a candidate.

These are the videos from various candidates nights. McMasters has also filmed himself at most of the events. He has helped me out sharing his video when my camera has had issues.

He is not taking any donations, instead investing up to $4,000 of his own money on his campaign.

He has a piece of campaign literature, as displayed above right.He has put vinyl letters on his mini-van. He ran as a Republican against John Boehner in 2010, but has run other times as a Dem. He calls himself a fiscal conservative. He will make excuses for his website- which until he discovered Esrati.com, wasn’t using a content management system. He’s rebuilding his site- but almost always talks about positions he wrote long ago that would have solved all major of our major crisis.

He has reflective bumper stickers too, and expects volunteers to work for him at random without giving them the tools of a modern campaign. He sometimes has awkward pauses in his speeches and tends to sound like a technocrat in describing his solutions. The audience didn’t laugh at his joke and after the third time of trying the same one about the extroverted physicist he put it away.

He has 5 very well behaved kids, lives in Huber Heights.

Tom McMasters DCP ad

Click to enlarge McMasters PDF ad

VOTE Tom McMasters for congress

To lower the deficit and strengthen the economy choose the democratic ballot on March 6th

McMasters4Congress.com

Paid for by Tom McMasters (with permission from his wife)

McMasters is in a 6 way race to run against Congressman Mike Turner in the newly redrawn OH-10 district that includes all of Montgomery and Greene Counties and the northern part of Fayette County.

His opponents are David Esrati (author of this site and producer of all the videos), Olivia Freeman, Sharen Neuhardt, Ryan Steele and Mack Van Allen.

Ryan Steele for Congress 2012 – OH-10

Website: www.steeleforrep.com  as of today- the site is still a go-daddy holding page (March 2nd and it’s still a holding page).

I updated this post on March 2 with his campaign literature at right which finally came out on March 1st- complete with a typo and no political disclaimer line. I also added the final candidates night video and a video I made with Ryan questioning Sharen Neuhardt about her real reasons for running and her answers.

Click to download PDF of Ryan Steele for OH-10 Literature

Ryan Steele lit, complete with typo (I fixed) Click for PDF download

This bio comes from the DDN voters guide- which I reposted here http://esrati.com/?p=8281

Bio: I’m 28 and I currently deliver pizzas. I recently earned a Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts from Wright State University, majoring in Religious Studies, with a minor in Philosophy. My wife Laura and I have been married for almost two years.

Question 1: How will you deal with the continuing costs of military actions and the costs of domestic needs?

Answer 1: It is my belief that the U.S. can reduce its military spending and still remain the world’s strongest military force. The focus of our military spending should be on the soldiers and on veteran benefits. We must also avoid getting involved in unnecessary military actions. Domestically, “entitlement” programs must be protected from both those trying to end the programs, and from those who abuse them; but ensuring that people don’t starve, freeze, or die of curable diseases should always be our top priorities. A new tax structure, such as the “Fair Tax,” will likely be necessary to fund future spending.

Question 2: What are the most important issues in this race?

Answer 2: There is one issue in this country which I believe trumps all other issues; gridlock. Currently, Congress won’t confirm Presidential nominees; it won’t compromise to produce legislation to help hurting people; and it can’t go four months without almost shutting down the government. But they did manage to decide that pizza is a vegetable; bravo Congress. Incidentally, as a pizza delivery guy, I can assure you that pizza isn’t a vegetable. The 10th district needs to send someone to Washington with a mandate to break up the gridlock. Until this happens, none of our other problems will ever get solved.

These are the videos from various candidates nights.

Additional insight you will gain from watching them: he’s not a professional politician, he can think on his feet, he was a libertarian until he worked for DP&L for a year shutting peoples power off. His first job was given to him by current OH-73rd district rep Jarrod Martin- as an umpire in youth baseball, a job he has continued doing for 14 years.

He is not taking donations bigger than $100 and hasn’t raised a lot of money. He has no signs, handouts, website (yet) and enjoys talking to groups of people.

He has no health insurance, they have one car and that he and Laura are working on making a baby.

Ryan got fired up at the Fayette County Dems Dinner and asked Sharen Neuhardt a direct question about her real reason for running and if blaming gerrymandering for her loss is appropriate.


Ryan is in a 6 way race to run against Congressman Mike Turner in the newly redrawn OH-10 district that includes all of Montgomery and Greene Counties and the northern part of Fayette County.

His opponents are David Esrati (author of this site and producer of all the videos), Olivia Freeman, Tom McMasters, Sharen Neuhardt and Mack Van Allen.